Douglas Bader: Fighter Pilot

Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader KBE DSO and Bar DFC and Bar DL

21 February 1910 – 5 September 1982

Douglas Bader is one of the Royal Air Force’s most famous pilots and his story has inspired countless people in many different ways. He possessed many of the qualities that might be expected of a fighter pilot, especially determination to succeed in difficult circumstances and the ability to lead and inspire others. Bader has been described as “determined and dogmatic”, “fearless and always eager for a challenge” and “intensely loyal to the causes he cared about and to his friends”.

This exhibition, curated to mark the centenary of his birth, tells the story of Bader’s RAF service before and during the Second World War, and his subsequent career. It also celebrates his work supporting people with disabilities, which is continued today by the Douglas Bader Foundation.